Where did the name Kirtland Bird Club come from?
The Kirtland Bird Club is named for Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland - physician, naturalist, botanist, abolitionist, public health advocate, politician, philanthropist, and co-founder of Case Western Reserve's Medical School.
Read about him on the website of Case Western Reserve University here and on the website of Cleveland Historical here.
Read Dr. Kirtland's January 1850 account of the degradation of the Western Reserve published in the Spring 2005 issue of the Ohio Cardinal. Read which species had been affected at that point by the westward migration of European settlers. Compare his observations from 1850 to what we find here today!